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21st Century Learning, Agency, Children, Children Behavior, Children´s agency, Early Education, Early Language Development, Education, Educational Skills, Educator, Learning, Self-Confidence / 15.02.2022

As adults we take it for granted that we have the ability to choose. But for children, they don’t always have the awareness that they have choices available to them.  Yet having agency, i.e. making choices based on active engagement in decision making, plays a vital role in developing a child’s self esteem as well as enabling their learning.  In this episode, we hear from Natalia Kucirkova, Professor of Early Childhood Education and Development about the role of children as independent agents of action.  “It is really about making sure that...

Classroom, Early Education, Education, Educator, Family engagement, Parent engagement, Parents, School, Teacher, Teacher training, Teaching / 16.11.2021

One key aspect of children’s lives and development which many of the teachers we have spoken to for this podcast have mentioned, regardless of who they’re teaching and where they are, is the relevance of parental and family engagement in children’s education.  Their observations mirror the findings of today’s guest Sharon Wolf, an applied developmental psychologist interested in how young children’s social environments - specifically their families and schools - shape their development. “Parents' involvement really can enhance the children’s academic outcomes. Not just how they engage in school, but...

Child Wellbeing, Children, Early Education, Education, Guided Play, Play, Playtime / 05.10.2021

Play is essential for learning and development. Typically, we associate play-based learning with young children, but, says Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Chair of Learning Through Play and the Vice-President of the Lego Foundation, an international expert on play, learning and creativity, play is beneficial for all ages. “Play is inherently about engagement, about motivation to engage in things that are difficult, through different types of play, but there are these mindsets, these states of mind we are in and can be used all across activities and ages.” - Bo We are also...

Adaptive Teaching, Bilingual, Children, Cultural Learning, Early Education, Early Language Development, Education, Language Acquisition, Language Development, Language Skills, Learning, Literacy, Multilingualism, Neuroscience, Primary School, School, Teacher, Teacher training, Teaching, Youth Development / 14.09.2021

If you’re an educator supporting children learning various languages, at different developmental stages and in different contexts and geographies, then don’t miss Kaja Jasinska, a cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding how early life experience changes the brain’s capacity for language and learning.  “We found that school children who are learning two languages from birth actually outperform monolingual children on tasks that measure a child’s awareness of and ability to manipulate sounds of languages.” As well as Kaja’s insights, in this episode we hear from three teachers in different geographical regions...